In early April it was announced that The Solent Steam Packet Limited (TSSP) has received a £1.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for work on the historic Southampton-based steamer Shieldhall. A three-year project Saving Shieldhall– Learning through Conservation in Action will fund essential hull works, improved passenger facilities and state-of-the art interpretations so that the volunteers can preserve the steamship for future generations.

The ship’s 2013 programme for the has also been announced. She will be participating in a number of special events, including the Southampton Maritime Festival on the Bank Holiday Weekend, 5-6 May, the ‘5 Cruise Ships’ gathering on 8 June and Cowes Week Fireworks on 9 August. New for 2013 will be the opportunity for passengers to enjoy two-hour taster cruises of the Solent for just £12 per person.

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